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Blue Coat Systems Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Great corporate culture and values; good work-life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Great products and great people (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • They need to give priority to work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Senior management is taking the most of the pie with their inner circle and own people (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "think some more"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Support Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management tells you what you want to hear but doesn't follow through

    Cons

    Company does not promote within, does not keep company up to date with important news

    Advice to Management

    Don't roll out programs and branding when the management and teams do not take ownership themselves


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Exciting Stuff"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time

    Pros

    The company has a great vision in terms of cloud computing. Our security products are fun and exciting to work on. Our office has a fantastic culture.The site activities are very fun, and the management team has a great attitude.

    Generally the company performs well.

    Cons

    Executives don't come around enough. Raises come slowly, with no other real opportunity for equity. When salaries increased in the region recently, our compensation didn't go up to match. It's easy to get a 25% increase at another company while Blue Coat gives you 3%. It's not all about money, because its fun - but at some point you gotta pay market value or lose good people.

    Advice to Management

    Take a serious look at current salaries and take action, so that people don't peek outside the door. The silicon slopes are very hot right now.
    Take value in the people you have, because you will pay what they are worth to replace them.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "growing pains and mgmt shift"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexible work life balance
    kind people and supports teleworkers
    great technology
    hot in the security space

    Cons

    lack of vision or strategy
    poor leadership team who can make a decision
    individuals doing a role that dont have the right expertise

    Advice to Management

    get your act together....no strategy or vision set. Time to let the head of Sales go.


  4. "The people made it the place it was...."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time

    Pros

    Great people and office moral; security product was top notch.

    Cons

    Changed CEOs and Executive Leadership countless times in a short span.


  5. "Marketing Team member"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Ability to make a difference.

    Cons

    Not enough people for the amount of work.

    Advice to Management

    set clear priorities to allow people to determine what they should not and should not spend time on


  6. "Great Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Glen Gardner, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Engineer in Glen Gardner, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The best leading security company in the industry. Top products and solutions customers are buying/adopting today.

    Cons

    No real down side to working for Blue Coat. I have always been treated well and put in a position to succeed

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what works and change was isn't working. We have had positive change in the last year.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Was fun in the beginning...then things started changing."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The great, fun culture left with Brian Nesmith.

    Cons

    When Brian Nesmith stepped down, the culture started to change. New CEO, who only lasted 1 year, confusion on direction, bad attitudes. The replacement CEO lived in Australia and was so committed he was moving to the US ... that never happened.

    Advice to Management

    Be seen! Don't make empty promises.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Blue Coat has a good company culture, offers industry leading products and a great management team. Employees perform at a high level and are great to work with. Blue Coat employs excellent talent which has been critical to it's success. Top performers are recognized and rewarded. Opportunity for growth. Regular communications sent from executive leadership and there is a sense that everyone is driving to the same goal.

    Cons

    At times things can move slowly when working with other departments. There is not a lot of focus on training. Given Blue Coat is in a growth mode, there can be some changes You need to prepare to work through some disruption every now. If you're proactive person, these cons should not be much of an issue.

    Advice to Management

    In addition to company growth, keep focusing on the company culture and employee retention.


  9. "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blue Coat Systems full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong installed base of loyal customers. Great set of technologies especially in security and proxy. Solid company and place of work with a great culture, plus good salaries and benefits. Significant upside in the future if the company executes.

    Cons

    Like all companies of this size, some internal politics to deal with and challenges at times to get the resources desired. The later easily resolved if strong business case is presented.

    Advice to Management

    Continue focus and innovate around security, while balancing investment in adjacent technologies like visibility and acceleration.


  10. "Senior QA Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Draper, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Software QA Engineer in Draper, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blue Coat Systems full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and direction. Excellent employees to work with. They are doing everything right so far.

    Cons

    Not a well known company yet.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the excellent culture. Keep doing what your already doing.


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